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Examine state-by-state standardized definition four-year high school graduation rates using the interactive ranking table in this section. These data are based on U.S. Department of Education four-year high school graduation rates for the 2010-11 school year, released November 2012, and for the first time, reflect a common method of calculation for all states. Data were developed by individual states. The Department of Education refers to these data as provisional SY2010-11 Four-Year Regulatory Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rates.

State Standardized High School Graduation Rates 2010-11 School Year
  Table shows percentages -- "four-year graduation rate" -- by student category. See details
  Click column header to sort; again to sort other direction.
  See usage notes below table. See related ranking tables --

Table Usage Notes
Descriptions (to right of "--") are as conveyed by U.S. Department of Education
(these descriptions do not align with those in common practice nor with Census Bureau population groups)

  • All -- All Students
Major Racial and Ethnic Groups
  • AIAN -- American Indian / Alaska Native or Native American
  • Asian1 -- Asian / Pacific Islander
  • Black -- Black (not Hispanic) or African American
  • Hispanic -- Hispanic / Latino
  • Multicultural -- Multicultural or Multiethnic or Multiracial
  • White -- White (not Hispanic) or Caucasian
Special Populations
  • IDEA -- Children with disabilities (IDEA)
  • LEP -- Limited English proficient (LEP) Students
  • EconDisadvantaged -- Economically Disadvantaged Students
Asian Pacific Islander Detail
  • Asian2 -- Asian
  • NHPI -- Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander or Pacific Islander

Negative values in the ranking table indicate data not available.

Terminology used for population/tabulation universes are not consistent with Federal standards nor those used in Census Bureau demographics.

More About Development of These Data
The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate ("four-year graduation rate") is the number of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma divided by the number of students who form the adjusted cohort for the graduating class. From the beginning of 9th grade, students who are entering that grade for the first time form a cohort that is subsequently "adjusted" by adding any students who transfer into the cohort later during the 9th grade and the next three years and subtracting any students who transfer out, emigrate to another country, or die during that same period. More detail: U.S. Department of Education Data Development Guidelines.

Note that the percentages do not include school age population never enrolled in school. See more about "grade relevant children not enrolled in school" --

Notes from the Department of Education
The Asian/Pacific Islander column represents either the value reported by the state to the Department of Education for the major racial and ethnic group "Asian/Pacific Islander" or an aggregation of values reported by the state for the major racial and ethnic groups "Asian," "Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander or Pacific Islander," and "Filipino." Values reported in the Asian/Pacific Islander column which represent the U.S. Department of Education aggregation of other values reported by the state have been presented in Italic type. (California is the only state currently using the major racial and ethnic group "Filipino.")

Disaggregated reporting for Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rates is done according to the provisions outlined within each state's Accountablity Workbook. Accordingly, not every state uses major racial and ethnic groups which enable further disaggregation of Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) populations.

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